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The Future of Communications Regulation after Ofcom’s Pay-TV Consultation


Pablo Ibanez Colomo


London School of Economics - Law Department

December 3, 2010

LSE Legal Studies Working Paper No. 23/2010

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The present article examines the implications of Ofcom’s pay-TV consultation for the future of communications regulation. It is submitted, first, that the authority’s approach departs from what appeared to be well-established principles in the relevant sector-specific instruments. While ex ante intervention only seemed justified in presence of structural obstacles to effective competition, the logic underpinning the pay-TV consultation suggests that intervention may be justified whenever the regulator expects it to benefit consumers and competition. Similarly, Ofcom does not feel bound by the limits that would derive from competition law. More generally, the article examines the extent to which the broader technological and regulatory context surrounding the pay-TV consultation is relevant to explain the position taken by the authority.

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Date posted: December 14, 2010  

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Ibanez Colomo, Pablo, The Future of Communications Regulation after Ofcom’s Pay-TV Consultation (December 3, 2010). LSE Legal Studies Working Paper No. 23/2010. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1719655 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1719655

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London School of Economics - Law Department ( email )
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London WC2A 2AE, WC2A 2AE
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